If there's one thing we're certain about, it's that Marie Le Baron of Make and Takes has fantastic crafting ideas, and especially ones that involve kids. So we were delighted to see that she recently put out a book collecting all her best ideas for kids' crafts to make throughout the year.
Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts throughout the Year (Wiley, 21011) is organized seasonally, so that you can find holiday-appropriate projects easily. Don't be constrained by these categories, though; the pet rock paperweights would be just as fun for a kid's desk in January as for a teacher's gift in September. What we love most about the ideas is that they can be completed with minimal and easy-to-find supplies. Many projects require only common household items, like the Cereal Box Puzzle (pictured above), for which you need only an empty cereal box, scissors, white paint and some kind of art implement.
Unique to Marie's book are the "learning objectives" for each project. With her background in early childhood and elementary education, Marie is able to let parents see what lessons they might be imparting to their kids, beyond just good old crafting fun!
The projects are simple, so the book will probably not appeal to die-hard crafters and makers. But for those folks who just want a resource on hand for quick, fun, and engaging crafts for kids, it's a perfect holiday gift.
Find Makes and Take for Kids at your local bookstore, Wiley and online book retailers (like Amazon).
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(Images: Nicole Gerulat, A Little Sussy)